Anxiety is defined as an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior. Nervous behavior such as pacing back and forth, habitual eating, smoking, teeth grinding, nail biting, leg crossing, knuckle cracking, pen sucking, and face touching just to name a few. There are several types of anxiety disorders, each display their own distinct symptoms. Anxiety disorders include:
- generalized anxiety disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- panic disorder
- posttraumatic stress disorder
- social anxiety disorder
Many times people have anxiety and don’t realize it or or they have anxiety triggers they might not be aware of.
Each month doctors make dozens of generalized anxiety disorder diagnoses, generally when patients experience symptoms such as constant worrying, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, and frequent headaches for more than six months without reason. But sometimes the causes of the anxiety may not actually be a disorder, anxiety is sometimes linked to a number of surprising things. Anxiety triggers can be anything from weight loss supplements to certain underlying health conditions. One condition that can cause anxiety is heart problems. If you’ve ever had a panic attack, or the feeling of your heart pounding like it can jump right out of your chest these can actually be from underlying heart problems.
In addition to underlying health problems, medications can also be the culprit to triggering your anxiety. Sometimes in severe cases they can actually trigger an anxiety attack. Specific medications to watch out for include thyroid drugs, asthma drugs, certain over-the-counter decongestants, and combination cold remedies can all be triggers to an anxiety attack. Additionally weight loss supplements can also produce side effects associated with anxiety. Certain supplements such as St. John’s wort, green tea extracts, guarana, and anything containing ephedra will all cause triggers to anxiety. So can other natural stimulants such as caffeine.
In addition to caffeine, a common daily supplement, another of the most common anxiety triggers is alcohol. Research shows that people with anxiety disorders are up to three times more likely to have problems with alcohol and drugs. Abuse of alcohol and drugs can lead to anxiety disorders or an anxiety attack. People who experience social anxiety that abuse alcohol are more likely to have severe symptoms of anxiety as well as other emotional problems and health conditions.
You probably know thyroid medications cause anxiety triggers, but did you know that your thyroid gland can also be the culprit? Your thyroid gland, that produces thyroid hormones to regulate your metabolism and energy levels can also cause anxiety symptoms. Thyroid gland anxiety symptoms include:
- heart palpitations
Anxiety symptoms that are paired with swelling in your neck, fatigue, weakness, weight loss, or heat intolerance are all signs of a more serious health condition and should be checked out by your doctor. Stress is also a trigger of anxiety, but is certainly a more well-known one. Stress and anxiety are also accompanied by physical symptoms including:
- dry mouth
It is important to remember that when you’re overly stressed you should not turn to worse things such as smoking, abuse of drugs, or alcohol abuse- as these will only make your anxiety and stress worse.
There are many well-known and surprising anxiety triggers you might not be aware of. There’s also ways to naturally reduce anxiety that you might not be aware of as well. The first one is exercise. Exercise is not only good for your body but it’s good for your brain as well. As little as 20 minutes of physical activity can make you feel better, right now. On the other hand resting also reduces anxiety as well.
One of the better ways to reduce anxiety is to think about situations differently. Instead of worrying because of an exam that’s 90 percent of your grade, pretend it’s a fun little quiz. Instead of worrying about this job interview think of it as a chance to meet new people. Meditation is among the top most effective ways to reduce anxiety. 20 minutes at least four times a week can help you reduce your anxiety by almost half.